‘Jasmine Women’ blooms – Xu Wei

From Shanghai Daily (link):

It’s a long overdue work: Shanghai movie buffs have been waiting for three years to see “Jasmine Women(ËåâËéâËä±ÂºÄ),” the directorial debut from famous Chinese mainland cinematographer Hou Yong, at local cinemas.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Seventh Shanghai International Film Festival in 2004, the acclaimed film, which begins it citywide release today, should have hit local screens right after its success at the film fest, but some earlier disputes among the movie’s multiple investors kept it from opening.

“We have spent so much effort on the film,” director Hou says with a sigh. “Three years have passed, and I look 10 years older. It is a big relief to us that the movie is finally getting a wide release.”

Hou, born in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, developed his affinity with movies in childhood, when his mother, an employee of a film distribution company, frequently took him to cinemas. For a long time, Hou has been known as veteran filmmaker Zhang Yimou‘s cinematographer and his classmate at Beijing Film Academy.

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